Energy Corridor bridge design competition gets under way

An opportunity to shape the look of a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge that will span Interstate 10 in Houston’s Energy Corridor District awaits students in a design contest  hosted by the district and Jun-Hyun Kim, assistant professor of landscape architecture at Texas A&M.

Students, who registered for the competition early in the spring 2016 semester, have until 11:59 p.m. April 22 to submit entries. 

The corridor is a suburban area approximately 17 miles west of downtown Houston that hosts many of the region’s multinational energy companies.

Contest organizers are looking for an iconic bridge design to connect a future transit center north of I-10 to an entertainment and residential hub across the interstate. Organizers also want the structure to contribute to the district’s overall branding and messaging efforts.

Among the additional criteria a contest jury, consisting of Kim and ECD officials, will consider in the design submissions:

  • A clearly documented analysis and design process;
  • Consistency with the district’s master plan principles;
  • Effective production of place-making measures to create a gateway and landmark, and
  • the entry’s effectiveness in communicating graphic concepts.

The jury will announce the three top entries in May; $500 will be awarded for the first-place entry, $200 for second place and $50 for the third place.

“The top entries will be considered in future development efforts by district officials,” said Kim.

For more information about the contest, contact Kim at or 979.845.2532.





posted January 19, 2016